15 Mar 2016

Iowa State University Give Cat 3D-Printed Prosthetic Legs; Cat Walks For The First Time

Prosthetic Legs; Cat Walks For The First Time

Meet the cat Vincent, one of the rarest animals in the world to be fitted with prosthetic legs. Vincent's story goes viral on social media after Iowa State University, where his surgeon, Dr. Mary Sarah Bergh, associate professor of veterinary clinical sciences, posted a video of Vincent walking on its 3D-printed prosthetic legs.

Owner Vincent, Cindy Jones, 57, has borrowed the Story County Animal Shelter, Nevada, Iowa, where she works. "I took a look at him and the feeling of love," Jones said in the video

"It was given away by a lady who was camping at a local campground. ... It was missing its hind legs of the Mid-shin down and when the lady brought him to, you could say that it was pretty worried, "Jones told ABC News.

It is uncertain whether disability Vincent occurred an accident or witnessed his birth. However, Jones daughter, Emily, a student at the School of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University, he offered one of his teachers may be able to help Vincent, the family hopes to give his best Vincent possible chance to have a normal life have been restored.

After trying to save Vincent legs with physiotherapy, Dr. Mary S. Bergh decided that surgery - the first of its kind - would be better suited to the case of Vincent. "This is the first we've ever done and they were very few people in the world who have tried to do something like that. "

Dr. Mary S. Bergh, in partnership with the veterinary orthopedics company BioMedtrix, created bespoke rear feet in titanium alloy for Vincent using modeling and 3D printing technology. unique prosthetic implants Vincent were inserted into her femur bone and exiting through the skin.

"Many times, when people think about dentures, they think that is attached to a section designed to allow walking. In animals, it is usually not very viable, especially in the femur and the thigh, which is where his injuries, there is nothing to really strap-on, "says Dr. Mary S. Bergh.

In total, 3-year-old Vincent has had two surgeries. His first surgery, which took place in February 2014, was successful and allowed Vincent to walk for the very first time. He underwent surgery again in February 2015, in order to be equipped with longer limbs. Since his last surgery, Vincent has received treatments to gradually lengthen his prosthetic legs. These treatments are expected to continue until Vincent is fully grown.
Although cases of 3D printing and prosthetic limbs are becoming more and more common as science advances, Vincent’s case is still incredible unique. “It is extremely rare. In fact, if I had to guess, there is probably less than 25 animals in the world who have ever had anything quite like what he’s got,” said Dr. Mary S. Bergh.
As a result, Vincent’s unique case will be used as a reference for similar deformities in animals and will help advance future designs of prosthetic limbs.
I think this does open the door for us to be able to help other animals that have similar problems,”Dr. Bergh told 3DPrint.com. “And even what we’ve learned just through Vincent’s one case, we’ve actually refined the technique and the implants, so the next cases we do moving forward will be even more successful.”
According to reports, Vincent condition is sable and he is living a very happy and healthy life with his new family. “His bone is looking great,” Bergh said. “The implants are stable, and he’s walking really well on them. We couldn’t be happier with how he’s doing at the current time.”
Since the video went viral, Dr. Bergh has revealed that Iowa State decided to share Vincent’s story in order to inspire other pet owners in similar positions. “That’s one of the things that makes it so special,” Bergh said. “People can realize there are things we can do for animals that have disabilities like Vincent’s. People don’t have to assume there’s no hope.”